Last Updated on October 21, 2020
- The Dodgers defeated the Rays 8-3 in Game 1 of the 2020 World Series Tuesday night.
- The Dodgers were originally favored at -177, and are now -455.
- Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at 8:08 p.m. ET.
Who says Clayton Kershaw chokes in the postseason? Who says the Dodgers can’t get over the hump and take home the Commissioner’s Trophy as World Series champs?
Okay, I’m getting a little ahead of myself considering they need to win three more games before celebrating, but the National League champions looked pretty good on Tuesday night. Behind home runs from Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger along with a dominant performance from Kershaw — two hits, one earned run, eight strikeouts, and one walk through 6.0 innings — the Dodgers took World Series Game 1 by a score of 8-3 over the Rays. Tampa Bay was led by centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who homered in the top of the fifth inning and notched an RBI single in the top of the seventh for a total of two RBIs.
As a result, the Dodgers World Series odds have significantly improved. They originally opened up as the favorites to win at -177, but ahead of Game 2, the Dodgers possess -455 odds, per DraftKings Sportsbook. The Rays, on the other hand, are now +333 to win when they were originally +145.
|Team||Current Odds||Opening Odds|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+333||+145|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-455||-177|
World Series Game 2 Odds
For Game 2, which occurs at 8:08 p.m. ET Wednesday at Arlington’s Globe Life Field, the Rays enter as 1.5-run underdogs and are -182 on the run line in comparison to +150 for the Dodgers. With the total runs mark at over-under 8.0, the Rays are +118 on the moneyline while the Dodgers are -139.
Alternate run lines and total runs marks are available on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Snell Takes the Mound in Game 2
On Wednesday night, the Rays will start Blake Snell, a guy who wasn’t fantastic, but nowhere near horrible during the American League Championship Series victory over the Houston Astros. Throughout that series, Snell notched a pair of starts (9.0 total innings) for Tampa Bay, allowing nine hits and three earned runs while striking out and walking six batters each.
Snell was 4-2 through 11 starts (50.0 innings pitched) in the regular season, recording a 3.24 ERA and 1.200 WHIP.
On the other end, Tony Gonsolin gets the start for the Dodgers. Gonsolin twice appeared in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves with one start, allowing five hits and seven earned runs for a 9.95 series ERA. He did not appear in the National League Division Series or National League Wild Card Series after recording a 2.31 ERA across nine appearances (eight starts, 46.2 total innings) in the regular season.
If I had to make a prediction, I bet you the Rays gain motivation from their clunker on Tuesday night and come out firing, taking the lead early (potentially in the first inning). Pair that inspiration with the Dodgers’ powerful lineup, and Game 2 may certainly be a high-scoring matchup.